As a college student, you will be doing a lot of research and writing, even if you are not majoring in English. College level writing assignments differ from high school, as college professors are looking for strong and solid thesis statements within your writing. Usually a thesis statement can make or break your paper, so it is best that you perfect the art of crafting a well-written thesis statement.

What is a thesis statement?

Thesis statements are basically the main idea of your paper. Your thesis statement can range anywhere from one sentence (recommended) to a short paragraph depending on professor requirements. It should contain the preface of what is to come in the rest of the paper. It should be insightful, well researched and interesting enough to make your audience want to continue on to the rest of the paper.

How do you write a solid thesis statement?

Usually solid thesis statements engage the reader by giving them an idea of what the paper is about. In order to write a good thesis statement, you need to gather up the main idea of your paper and craft it into one sentence. If your paper is about balancing the federal budget, then you should state that in a well-written statement at the beginning of the paper. If you do it right, the rest of your paper will properly defend your thesis statement.

How do you know if you have a good thesis statement?

Your thesis statement is the most important part of your paper. Since it is the main point of the paper, it's important that you spend ample time producing a good statement.

Thesis Statement Tips

  • Be specific: Your statement should not be general. It should be a specific idea based off of your general topic.
  • Defend: If you are writing an argumentative essay then your thesis statement should set the groundwork and you should be ready to use the rest of your essay to defend your thesis.
  • Personal opinion: Try to leave out personal opinion in your thesis and instead derive your statement from facts. The only time you might be able to get away with any type of personal belief in your thesis is if you are writing an opinionated essay; even then you should use the first sentence or two to lay the groundwork and use the rest of the paper for your opinion and defense arguments.
  • Support: Be sure to back your thesis up with facts as this will make your thesis stronger.

Since the thesis is a very important part of your paper, be sure you spend time coming up with one that is catchy, informative and thoughtful. When in doubt, you can always ask your professor for help or even visit the writing center on campus. This way you can have someone evaluate your paper and point out areas where you can improve it.